Mr Schmidt succeeds Thomas George, who has managed the European organisation since 2016 and will focus on his chief commercial officer role.
Mr Schmidt will report to Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, and continue to lead the German and Swiss organisation in a dual function.
Mr George was appointed CCO earlier this year, and continue to report to Tim Scharwath as member of the Global Forwarding Board.
'We are confident that Tobias Schmidt's entrepreneurial spirit and proven track record in the forwarding market will help DHL Global Forwarding Europe to continue to grow its market share and further strengthen the European organization for the future,' said Mr Scharwath.
'Thomas George did an excellent job as CEO DHL Global Forwarding Europe but will now fully focus on his global role as chief commercial officer. With his experience and dedication, he has been instrumental to the success of DGF Europe and hands over a high-performing organization to his successor.'